Thousands visit Arley to enjoy garden festival

Children from St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary

Chris Keogh who was selling homemade marmalades and jams

Winners of a competition to have breakfast with Lord and Lady Ashbrook and Chris Beardshaw

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GARDENERS gathered at Arley Hall to pick up some plants and pick the brains of an award-winning garden designer.

Arley’s 20th Garden Festival, held on June 21 and 22, attracted more than 6,000 people with many of them stopping television presenter and top horticulturalist Chris Beardshaw around the showground for advice on their own borders and blooms.

Many visited to see the full splendour of Arley’s gardens, which are open all summer, but receive particular attention during the annual event.

“We were thrilled to have two days of great weather, which lifted everyone’s spirits as well as the colours in the gardens,” said Helen Robinson, who organised the event.

“Chris was popular with the visitors and made time to speak to everyone who asked him a question.”

The schools’ garden challenge proved popular once again.

Among the many amazing creations were those by Northwich schools St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School, The Grange and Witton Church Walk.

Chris, a regular face on the BBC, was wowed by the creative minds of the children who talked him through the ideas behind their showpieces.

After presenting second prize to The Grange and first to Sir Thomas Boteler in Warrington, Chris explained that the judging process had left him behind schedule.

“I have enjoyed talking to you all today, so much so that the festival is going to be running late for the rest of the day,” he said.

Traders and craftsmen demonstrated their skills and nurseries sold thousands of pounds worth of plants.

Gold and silver medals were handed out in the floral marquee to a number of colourful and unique displays.

Steve Hamilton, general manager at Arley, said the event’s success was down to it sticking to its values.

“Arley’s Garden Festival is very much that – a celebration of gardens and plants,” he said.

“Other traders take part to add variety and further interest to the show, but it will always remain true to its gardening roots.”

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8:14pm Tue 1 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

I think we should all grow more vegetables in our gardens.

It would save the costly transport of produce from far reaches of the empire.

Also, if the harvest fails somewhere else we could be totally self-sufficient.

Or as Harold Wilson so cleverly phased it:

Dig for Victory
I think we should all grow more vegetables in our gardens. It would save the costly transport of produce from far reaches of the empire. Also, if the harvest fails somewhere else we could be totally self-sufficient. Or as Harold Wilson so cleverly phased it: Dig for Victory hectorplain
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10:43pm Tue 1 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

Sorry for the typo in the above post, it should of course have read:

'........Harold Wison cleverly prased it..'

This just goes to show that we are only human.
Sorry for the typo in the above post, it should of course have read: '........Harold Wison cleverly prased it..' This just goes to show that we are only human. hectorplain
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9:17pm Wed 2 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

Please look at my other posts.

I am giving gardening tips now.

Gardening can be a real pain in the aspidistra.

(Surprisingly the word 'aspidistra' was in the on-line dictionary here, more surprisingly I almost spelled it correctly,)
Please look at my other posts. I am giving gardening tips now. Gardening can be a real pain in the aspidistra. (Surprisingly the word 'aspidistra' was in the on-line dictionary here, more surprisingly I almost spelled it correctly,) hectorplain
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